The Next Phase for HACS (Cyber) — Modernization

Posted by Kay Ely
on May 29, 2018

By Kay Ely, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category

Cybersecurity incidents and on-going emerging threats to our data, networks, and systems over the last few years have significantly changed how we approach cybersecurity. GSA remains committed to ensuring the government’s long-term security, responsiveness, and efficiency when it comes to monitoring and protecting our valuable digital assets and IT systems.

We’re always proactively focusing on the products, services, and vehicles needed to help carry out agency missions. We’re also sharpening our focus on cyber acquisition solutions, so security is integrated into the system acquisition process. This means that we’re constantly evaluating and improving our solutions.

With this in mind, our Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) program is entering its next phase: HACS Modernization.

Today’s HACS Portfolio on IT Schedule 70 consists of four Special Item Numbers (SINs):

  • Cyber Hunt
  • Incident Response
  • Penetration Testing
  • Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

Feedback from the expert providers in the cybersecurity services market can help us further enhance our current array of HACS offerings. Enhancements to GSA’s cybersecurity acquisition solutions will not only help us drive more use by agencies, it will also lead to improved outcomes and safer IT systems for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.

To that end, our team is working to make it easier for industry to provide feedback through two RFIs and a stakeholder event in June.

HACS Modernization Requests for Information (RFI)

To determine the best course of action, we released two HACS Modernization Requests for Information (RFI) on May 22, 2018, one for agencies and the other for industry partners. We encourage our current HACS suppliers and agency partners to participate in those RFIs. We particularly want feedback from those agencies that have not yet used the HACS SINs.

The RFIs are open until June 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT

June 18 Stakeholder Event

We’re also hosting a HACS Stakeholder Event on Monday, June 18, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT at GSA headquarters to discuss the HACS program’s past, present, and future.

We welcome both in-person and virtual attendees. We’ll be featuring guest speakers from Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and GSA’s Office of IT Category and GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU).

Let’s Work Together

We want to hear what you think about the cybersecurity landscape and how effective you think GSA’s current services are now, where we can improve them for the future, and the best ways to enhance our delivery to agencies.

Please respond to the relevant RFIs and attend our Stakeholder Event. Together we can enhance our HACS program and deliver a total package that helps agencies securely accomplish their mission.

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